The untold truth of Venom
Few comic book characters conjure up horror and then heroism, and then back to horror again, better than Venom. Since debuting in Amazing Spider-Man #300, the inky black space alien has steadily wrapped its tendrils into the hearts of Marvel readers everywhere. The symbiotic creature has proven so consistently popular that it even landed its own movie at Sony, where execs intend to use the character as a cornerstone of its cinematic spider-verse. To prove it, they landed acclaimed star Tom Hardy to play Eddie Brock, the lucky—or unlucky, depending on how you feel about extreme co-dependency with an incredibly powerful visitor from a far-off planet—host of the slinky sentient super suit. But Venom has a long and curious history at Marvel that goes deeper than most people realize, with decades of stories that probably won't even be hinted at on the big screen for several sequels to come (if ever). This is the untold truth of Venom.